The Ultimate Truffle Cupcake experience begins with the smell – as the cupcake comes close to your sniffer, a waft of truffle – the fungi kind – hits you hard (Yes, I called it a sniffer; I have a five month old.). You begin to wonder, “Is this a dessert or an Italian entree?” As you take a bite, you reach the rich dark chocolate first. The truffle flavor isn’t quite as strong as you would have guessed. Then, the cake itself makes you pause. You realize that while it’s a chocolate cake, it’s clearly sweetened with honey. It starts to feel like comfort food. But, wait… there is that truffle flavor making it different than anything you’ve ever tasted before. Did you save the chocolate truffle on top as a chaser? It’s not in a box, so you don’t know what the flavor is. Here goes nothing… oh yeah!!
The Ultimate Chocolate Truffle Cupcake Recipe
The Ultimate Truffle Cupcake
- 1 T apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 C milk any kind will work - I used soy
- 2 C flour
- 1 1/4 C sugar
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/4 C white truffle oil
- 1/4 C vegetable oil
- 1/4 C truffle honey
- 5 oz dark chocolate
- 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 C truffle honey
- 2 oz white chocolate
- Chocolate truffles I used Vosges truffles
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mix apple cider vinegar and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Let sit for five minutes. (This causes it to act like buttermilk.)
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the truffle oil, vegetable oil, and honey to the apple cider vinegar/milk mixture.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well.
- For the ganache, mix the truffle honey and heavy whipping cream in a small bowl.
- Melt the chocolate on the stove or in the microwave.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the truffle honey/heavy whipping cream and mix well.
- Mix 1/4 cup of the ganche into the cupcake batter.
- Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the cupcakes bounce back when touched lightly.
- When the cupcakes are cool, frost with the remaining ganache. The easiest technique for this is to dunk the top of the cupcake into the bowl of ganache and to twist your wrist slightly as you pull the cupcake out of the bowl. If necessary, microwave the ganache for about 20 seconds to make it easier to work with.
- Optionally, drizzle some melted white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate and top with a chocolate truffle.
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